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Axeon and Ricardo Collaborate on Battery System for Plug-in European Car; A123 Systems Cells

5 October 2010

A European automotive manufacturer has contracted UK-based lithium-ion energy systems supplier, Axeon and engineering firm Ricardo to supply and integrate an advanced, lightweight battery pack for an advanced plug-in hybrid vehicle.

The plug-in hybrid vehicle, from an established European brand, will feature an advanced, bespoke Axeon battery system that leverages Nanophosphate lithium iron cells from A123 Systems.

The solution under development for this application features an ultra-lightweight, liquid-cooled battery pack and a development of the Ricardo’s Battery Management System incorporating active cell balancing.

Ricardo will engineer the pack including all aspects of the mechanical, electrical/electronic hardware and software, including thermal design considerations and safety. Axeon will subsequently assume full responsibility for a full test and validation programme, production and supply.

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